Mindfulness from the Heart

Leave the first response February 13, 2012 / Posted in Meditation, Mindfulness


The poem below from e.e. cummings truly speaks from the heart. With Valentine’s Day a day away, it shares a moment of reflection of the love of another. And at the same time a deeper love that many of us find difficult to do and to live: A deep love of ourselves: “I deeply and profoundly love and accept myself with all my heart and from the depths of my being.” It resonates with Jon Kabat-Zinn’s: You are enough just by sitting there breathing.

Many years ago a dear friend Marilyn Deak, psychologist and mentor in Energy Psychology, was working with me on learning the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT by founder Gary Craig) shared at emofree.com. I found it interesting that I had trouble remembering the statement: “I deeply and profoundly accept myself.” What made those words so difficult to remember? Maybe some of you have experienced the same thing. Especially when living out the archtype of caregiver, servant, servant-leader when coming from what James Hollis calls the “Not enough” category of humanity.

I Carry Your Heart With Me

i carry your heart with me
i carry it in my heart
i am never without it
anywhere i go you go, my dear;
and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling
i fear no fate
for you are my fate, my sweet
i want no world
for beautiful you are my world, my true
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
here is the root of the root
and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;
which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart
i carry it in my heart
—-E. E. Cummings

A song I heard many years ago by the Incredible String Band has remained one that I have treasured. And from my heart to yours:

May the longtime sun shine upon you
All love surround you.

And the pure light within you
Guide your way on

Close your eyes. For the next few minutes let Snatam Kaur sing to yourself from your heart. For so many of us it is difficult to be compassionate and caring to the God that lives within us. Namaste.

If you are interested, rest your pointed over the heart picture above and go to the website of artist Sandy Levin. Click on Glass Gallery and view her Heart Series

When looking for the poem, I came across the website of the Randomguru and in his My Mind’s Zen Garden shared Cummings poem back in 2006. Also come to find that Carlos is a San Diegan.

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